Is this why so many media critics are white men?

Andrew Beaujon

Andrew Beaujon, who is joining Poynter’s online team, offers this theory for why so many media critics are white males: “Media criticism, which is a fly-in-the-soup job, is fundamentally an alt-weekly pursuit, and alt-weeklies’ DNA is heavily white and male. In turn, I have a couple theories about that, but my working one is that it’s because working at such places gives white males such as myself a chance to feel like an underdog for once in our lives.” When Beaujon joins the diversity-sensitive Poynter next month, the institute’s online team will have two white women and four white males. (Before I left Poynter in November, online director Julie Moos was so concerned about the pool of candidates she had — there were many middle-aged white men applying for my job — that she was thinking about placing the job-opening ad a second time. I don’t know if that happened.)
* Where are the women and non-white media critics?
* Meet Andrew Beaujon, the New Romenesko


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  1. “Media criticism, which is a fly-in-the-soup job, is fundamentally an alt-weekly pursuit, and alt-weeklies’ DNA is heavily white, and male,” and gay.

  2. Mark said:

    If you want to be a media critic, go to Tumblr or somewhere else, do a good job of criticizing stuff and build an audience. If enough eyeballs fall on your pages, you’ll probably gain some advertisers.

    Where is it written that there must be a “job” you have to apply to in order to do be a media critic or anything else media-related anymore?

  3. Dan said:

    Just horrified to read that the only qualified candidates Julie could find were all “middle-aged, white men.” Oh, the horror. No wonder the state of journalism in this country is so poor…